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SB13: Tamawuj Act 2 in Beirut

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) presents, together with Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, as one of the interlocutors of Sharjah Biennial 13, the fourth and final SB13 off-site project, Upon a Shifting Plate, as well as the concluding SB13 Act II program.


Upon a Shifting Plate

14 - 15 October 2017

Themed around the keyword 'culinary', Upon a Shifting Plate, will take place from 14 to 15 October across Beirut, through discursive and performative projects, where talks, workshops, walks, cooking sessions and other events explore the production and consumption of culinary heritage and how our eating habits condition and shape our psychological and cultural dispositions.

With: Maya Abu Al-Hayat, Brigitte Caland, Tarek El-Ariss, Forager Collective, Monika Halkort, Candice Lin, Sahar Mandour, Iman Mersal, Lina Mounzer, Franziska Pierwoss and Sandra Teitge, SPURSE, and James T. Hong

Ashkal Alwan


SB13 Act II

Exhibitions opening: 14 October 2017
Public programme: 16 - 22 October 2017

The culinary off-site project will be followed by Act II, the concluding program of SB13. On October 14, Act II launches two exhibitions in Beirut, conceived by guest curators Hicham Khalidi and Reem Fadda at Beirut Art Center and Sursock Museum respectively.

Act II features walks, lecture performances, talks, panels, theatre, music and dance across the city, as well as film screenings, including new SB13 commissions. Commissioned books will also be launched during the opening week of Act II, together with a compilation of the publications released throughout SB13 in Beirut, Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah and Sharjah.

With: Noor Abuarafeh*, Omar Abusaada, Leila Arab, Vartan Avakian, Pedro Barateiro and Quinn Latimer, Tamara Barrage*, Eric Baudelaire, Sabrina Belouaar, Mohamed Bourouissa*, Madison Bycroft, Los Carpinteros, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Ali Cherri, Gaëlle Choisne, CJ Clarke, Céline Condorelli, Jesse Darling, Haitham Ennasr*, Rami Farook, Claire Fontaine*, Forensic Architecture, Khalil El Ghrib, Laura Henno, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Ho Rui An, Eric van Hove, Iman Issa*, Emily Jacir*, Tushar Joag, Hiwa K, Christoph Keller*, Mohamed Khan, Dina Khouri*, Rayane M'cirdi, Randa Maroufi, Naeem Mohaiemen, Radouan Mriziga, Rabih Mroué and Lina Majdalanie, Dala Nasser, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Younes Rahmoun, Mostafa Saifi Rahmouni, Sigil*, Christopher Ian Smith, Praneet Soi, Rania Stephan*, SUPERFLEX, Rayyane Tabet, Akira Takayama*, Tamawuj.org, TAO Dance Theatre, Bahar Temiz and Felix Mathias Ott, Anton Vidokle, Karine Wehbé*, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
*Presenting new commissions


Fruit of Sleep

14 October - 31 December 2017
Curator: Reem Fadda

What are the aesthetic methodologies that can take shape out of our collective state of falling in and out of sleep? Could artistic practice take flight from poesies and the contemplative into something socially effective? This exhibition picks up on the thread of dormancy, looking at sleep as an act of neither the singular or collective mind, but rather of a social body carefully plotting action in the face of failed revolutionary attempts. Artists delve into the imaginative to harness the aesthetic, responding through their practice to urgencies and needs of the social.

Sursock Museum
Greek Orthodox Archbishopric Str.
Ashrafieh 2071 5509
Beirut, Lebanon
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Sursock Museum


An Unpredictable Expression of Human Potential

14 October 2017 - 19 January 2018
Curator: Hicham Khalidi
Associate Curator: Natasha Hoare

Rather than asking for solutions and sketching utopias, An unpredictable expression of human potential seeks to address the current moment of disenfranchisement and frustration, pondering whether the young generation holds the vitality needed to upturn the socio-political legacies of modernity.

Participants: Pedro Barateiro & Quinnlatimer, Sabrina Belouaar, Mohamed Bourouissa, Cj Clarke & Christopher Ian Smith, Jesse Darling, Sara Van Der Heide, Laura Henno, Randa Maroufi, Rayane M'cirdi, Dala Nasser, Younès Rahmoun, Mostafa Saifi Rahmouni, And Gaëlle Choisne.

Beirut Art Center
Jisr El Wati - Off Corniche an Nahr
Building 13, Street 97, Zone 66 Adlieh
Beirut, Lebanon
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Beirut Art Center


Curated by Christine Tohmé, Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj unfolds in five parts, from October 2016 through to October 2017. The biennial includes exhibitions and a public program in two acts in Sharjah and Beirut; a year-long education program in Sharjah; off-site projects in Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah and Beirut; and an online publishing platform tamawuj.org.

Act II is co-organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan, a non-profit organization based in Beirut. Since 1993, the association has been committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of creative and theoretical endeavors across a range of disciplines and media.

Ashkal Alwan - The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts
1st Floor, Building 110
Street 90, Jisr el Wati
Beirut, Lebanon
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Press contact:

Edwin Nasr
Communications coordinator for the SB13 in Beirut
edwin.nasr(at)gmail.com

Sharjah Art Foundation: Alyazeyah Al Reyaysa
alyazeyah(at)sharjahart.org  | T +971 6 544 4113

Sharjah Biennial 13

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